Sunday, 30 March 2014

Weekend Reflections, Windmills, Our World Tuesday, The Netherlands

Kinderdijk


                           















Kinderdijk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 These photos were taken in Kinderdijk, near the windmills.The name Kinderdijk is Dutch for "Child's Dike". In 1421 during the Saint Elizabeth flood of 1421, the Grote Hollandse Waard flooded, but the Alblasserwaard polder remained dry. It is said that when the terrible storm had subsided, someone went on to the dike between these two areas, to see what could be saved. He saw in the distance a wooden cradle floating. There was no hope that anything would be alive in it, but when the cradle came nearer, someone saw that a cat was in the cradle trying to keep it in balance by jumping back and forth so that no water could come into it. When the cradle eventually came near the dike, someone took it out and saw that a baby was sleeping in it undisturbed and dry. In some of the stories the cat kept it balanced and afloat. This folktale and legend has been published as "The Cat and the Cradle" in English.

 

11 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Wonderful reflections for the day, Wil!!The windmills were one of my favorite sights when I visited the Netherlands years ago!! Beautiful!!!

Le regard est le médiateur des coeurs. said...

Magnifique endroit et reflexion,bravo !

Miss_Yves said...

Des images vraiment typiques des Pays-Bas:
magnifique!

Roger Owen Green said...

Like the windmills of my mind...

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I never knew the origins of the story "The cat and the cradle," Wil! That was fascinating. Windmills are such a beautiful symbol for the Netherlands.

Carver said...

The windmills are so beautiful to me. Lovely shots and reflections.

Cynthia said...

Beautiful windmills, beautiful reflection, beautiful story.

carol l mckenna said...

Oh gorgeous photography of the beautiful windmills and very informative post for OWT ~ xoxo

artmusedog and carol

Fun60 said...

Beautiful reflections of the windmill. I have not heard the story of the cat and the cradle before. Thanks for sharing.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a beautiful folk tale. Thank you for sharing it. I feel smart because I know now what a polder is (because you took time to let me know the last time you wrote about it). Thank you for the beautiful pictures.

jeannettestgermain said...

Guess that's how Kinderdijk looks in the wintertime? Must say, am glad that the sun was shining when you took us there:)
This year we have our work cut out for us - we are going to move to the area where my kids live and Jacob is going to build/or remodel a big space for me, so I can do big paintings.